Film Still, © Richard Billingham
Turner Prize-nominated artist Richard Billingham touches raw nerves with a feature debut that offers an unflinching evocation of his early family life. Incidents from the past provide a bracing immersion into the lives of Ray (Justin Salinger), the permanently angry Liz (Ella Smith) and their two sons. The vision of squalor and neglect feels like something from the era of Dickens, rather than Thatcher’s Birmingham. Billingham captures all the horror and humanity of his upbringing, and the heart-melting performance from young Joshua Millard Lloyd is outstanding.
Screening as part of Glasgow Film Festival 2019. A further screening takes place on Thursday 28th February, 4.15pm.